Patrick Henry PreK-8 School and Recreation Center
Alexandria City Public Schools

Alexandria City Public Schools
Alexandria, Virginia

This new facility replaces, expands, and transforms the existing school into an environmentally friendly building for grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade with shared spaces for the recreation center and head start programs. The existing school remained in operation during construction of the new facility, eliminating the need for swing space. In addition to core academic classrooms and administration spaces, the school includes art studios, instrumental spaces, gymnasium, media center, black-box theatre and a series of extended learning areas to serve as break-out spaces that create more flexible learning environments. The educational program envisions the school as a collection of neighborhoods arranged around extended learning areas by grade level. The expanded recreation center accommodates the recreational needs of the immediate community, including offering programs to adults and senior citizens during the school day.